This page provides a summary of how to use the South Tyneside Safeguarding Adults Board Adult Policies, Procedures and Practice (APPP) site.

Contents

Finding your way around this Resource

This site is structured into different sections.

This site is divided into different sections. On the home page there are four tiles:

When you are in the Safeguarding Adults Procedures section, there are a number of tabs on the left side of the screen when viewed on larger screens or by clicking on the lined box in the top right corner on smaller screens (such as phones or tablets):

  • Using this APPP Resource gives information about using this site, and Register with Us to receive notification when this APPP is updated;
  • Contents contains the policies, procedures and practice guidance chapters. These are divided into sections which can be viewed by clicking on the arrow on the right of ‘Contents’;
  • Resources provides a range of relevant supporting information. The different sections can also be viewed by clicking on the arrow on the right of ‘Resources’;
  • Contact has a contact form for you to send a message to the Safeguarding Adults Board if you have a comment or suggestion you wish to make.

Accessibility Options

This portal has a number of different options to aid online reading. Using the ‘Accessibility’ drop-down menu on the left-side of the screen, you can change to green, blue or pink backgrounds, yellow text on a black background or you can return to the default setting.

You can also resize the website by pressing CTRL and + together to make the site larger, you can keep pressing this to increase the zoom level. Pressing CTRL and – together makes the site smaller. This is a feature built into your web browser, known as in-browser zooming, and so depending on the browser you’re using the controls may be different.

In addition, the site is designed to be accessible for users of text only and screen reader software programs which allow blind or visually impaired users to read the text that is displayed on the computer screen with a speech synthesizer or braille display. Our content is consistently structured, including headings, which makes using the software on our site easier. Also, when viewed through screen reader software, every page has a ‘Skip to main content’ link which allows software users to go straight to the main content of that page instead of receiving the full navigation options every time. Please share this information with blind or visually impaired colleagues.

Using the APPP Resource on Smartphones and Tablets

This resource works well on smartphones and tablets by typing in the weblink in the internet address bar. When used on a smartphone, the APPP will immediately convert into a mobile friendly version..

Adding Shortcuts to the APPP

You can easily access the APPP by installing a shortcut on your device, which will directly open up your internet browser to the APPP portal. You can do so using the following methods:

  • on desktop / laptops: go to the homepage of the APPP portal website in your internet browser, then bookmark it using your browser’s bookmark feature. Open your browser’s list of bookmarked websites and drag the APPP bookmark onto the desktop of your device.
  • on smartphones / tablets : go to the homepage of the APPP portal website in your internet browser, and do the following:
    • On Android devices – click the three dots, and select ‘add to home screen‘.
    • On iOS / Apple – click the share icon Apple share icon, scroll down the page and select ‘add to home screen

Resources

The Resources section contains a number of links and documents to supplement the information in the chapters. It includes

  • Case Law and LGSCO Reports – information about recent significant court cases and key complaint investigation reports from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman;
  • Case Studies – populated by case studies from the Care and Support Statutory Guidance;
  • CQC Single Assessment Framework – information about the single assessment framework which the CQC will use to inspect providers, local authorities and integrated care systems;
  • Forms, Leaflets and Posters – forms which can be used to access support and share information, as well as materials to raise awareness of safeguarding adults issues.
  • Glossary – definitions and key terms used;
  • Integrated Care – links to organisations and documents relevant to the health and social care integration agenda;
  • Legislation – links to relevant legislation;
  • National Guidance and Inquiries – links to national guidance, particularly from ADASS, LGA and SCIE and inquiry reports;
  • Organisations – links to websites for relevant national organisations;
  • Provider Resources – links to guidance and other information and national organisations who provide services and support to provider services;
  • Research and Report Briefings – written by the Policy Partners Project and our associates to reflect current issues or recently released research reports;
  • Safeguarding Adults Review Reports – links to significant SARs.

Amendments

If you want to make any changes to any chapters or write a new chapter, please first contact Jackie Nolan, South Tyneside STSCAP Manager, who is the local contact for this APPP, to discuss your ideas.

With each revised edition of your STSCAP APPP, we indicate which chapters are new or have been updated. This information is available in the table below and at the top of each relevant chapter. Where chapters have had specific sections amended, this will be detailed. If there are a number of changes throughout the chapter, it will state that the chapter should be re-read.

February 2024

Amended Chapter Detail
South Tyneside Safeguarding Adults Thresholds Guidance Tool The guidance tool – which has been reviewed and updated throughout –  supports practitioners, partners and providers, working within the adult sector, to report and respond to concerns at the appropriate level and to have a consistency of approach across agencies.

The guidance should be used to:

  • Help determine a consistent approach to identifying what concerns may require a response under the safeguarding process.
  • Support decision making when alternative processes should be used.

January 2024

Amended Chapter Detail
Pressure Areas and Safeguarding A link to the revised Department of Health and Social Care protocol for safeguarding adults with pressure ulcers has been added.

November 2023

Amended Chapter Detail
Adults who go Missing A link to the updated Northumbria Missing Adults Protocol has been added.
Forced Marriage This chapter has been reviewed and extensively updated to reflect the latest version of the multi agency Forced Marriage Statutory Guidance and multi agency practice guidelines.
Self Neglect Guidance The Self Neglect Guidance for Multi Agency Partners has been completely updated. It explains actions staff can take to support a person who is self-neglecting or hoarding.
Mental Capacity A new section 4.2 has been added explaining the causative nexus, which seeks to ensure than when a person is assessed as being able unable to make a decision under the Mental Capacity Act, this is because of their impairment of, or a disturbance in the functioning of, their mind or brain.
Planning Ahead for Health and Social Care Decisions A new section 1, Advance Care Planning, has been added to reflect guidance contained in ‘Universal principles for advance care planning’ which was published in response to the Care Quality Commission report ‘Protect, Connect, Respect – decisions about living and dying well’
New Chapter Detail
Historic (Non Recent) Allegations of Abuse (including Sexual Abuse) This chapter, which contains information for practitioners on the action to take if an adult discloses abuse they experienced in the past, is new. It includes advice on how to support the adult concerned.
Safeguarding Adults and Culturally Competent Practice This new chapter highlights the importance of recognising and trying to understand people’s cultural identities when working to safeguard them and promote their needs.

May 2023

Amended Chapter Detail
Safeguarding: What is it, and Why does it Matter? This chapter has been reviewed and updated throughout.
Adults who go Missing A link to the Northumbria Police Hostel Policy has been added. The policy explains the process Northumbria Police will use to assess the most appropriate course of action when a person is reported missing from a hostel.  It explains the 8 criteria which will be used to determine whether or not the incident should be closed.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) This guidance has been rewritten to reflect the latest statutory guidance.
Self Neglect and Hoarding Information has been added on the process for requesting a Safe and Well Visit from Tyne and West Fire and Rescue Service. The visit will identify any fire and lifestyle associated hazards in the home.
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) This guidance has been reviewed and updated.
Working with Autistic Adults This chapter has been reviewed and updated to include information on the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism.
South Tyneside Safeguarding Children and Adults Partnership Strategic Plan The updated Strategic Plan provides an overview of local safeguarding arrangements and sets out the strategic priority areas of focus for 2021-2024.
New Chapter Detail
Health and Wellbeing of Staff This new chapter is taken from Health and Wellbeing of the Adult Social Care Workforce published by the Department of Health and Social Care. It includes advice and links to other information that employers and managers can use to help build the resilience of their team and address any concerns their staff may have.

31 January 2023

Amended Chapter Detail
Person / People in Positions of Trust (PIPOT) – Multi-Agency Practice Guidance This chapter which outlines the circumstances in which a referral should be made to Adult Social Care in relation to concerns about a person / people in a position of trust has been reviewed throughout and extensively updated. The appendices which contain the PIPOT referral form, additional guidance and templates have also been updated.

07 November 2022

New Chapter Detail
Co-production This new chapter describes what is meant by co-production and how it can when making decisions and designing services.

30 September 2022

Amended Chapter Detail
South Tyneside Multi Agency Information Sharing Agreement The multi agency information sharing agreement which supports lawful information sharing between agencies to protect adults at risk from abuse has been updated.

12 September 2022

Amended chapter Detail
Adults Vulnerable to Exposure to Extremist Ideology A link to the Prevent Referral Form has been added.
Carers Links to the following guidance for workers supporting carers have been added:

  • Social Work Practice with Carers (Research in Practice for Adults)
  • Quick Guide: Supporting People who Provide Unpaid Care for Adults with Health or Social Care Needs (SCIE)
Modern Slavery This chapter has been rewritten to reflect the latest version of the Modern Slavery Statutory Guidance published by the Home Office.
Whistleblowing This chapter has been reviewed and updated throughout. Links to sources of support and advice for staff who have concerns have also been added.  See above and the appendices.
Mental Capacity A link to the Mental Capacity Toolkit developed by Bournemouth University and Burdett Nursing Trust has been added. The toolkit has been created to help support health and social care professionals working with individuals whose decision-making capacity is limited, fluctuating, absent or compromised.
Homelessness: Legislation and South Tyneside Services This chapter has been updated to include reference to a new category of primary need which was introduced in the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.
Working with Adults with Hidden Disabilities Section 2.2, Developmental / neurodevelopmental disabilities and Section 7, Training and Awareness have been revised. Section 6, Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard is new.
New chapters
Emerging Concerns Protocol This new chapter summarises the Emerging Concerns Protocol developed by the Care Quality Commission and partners. The protocol provides a process to enable organisations and partners to act early and share information with regulators where there are concerns about risks to people using services, their carers, families or professionals that may seem small and not urgent, but which could point to a future risk. It does not, however, replace existing responsibilities and arrangements for taking emergency action.

22 July 2022

Amended chapter Detail
Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs) The South Tyneside Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) Protocol which is linked from this chapter has been updated to include a new paragraph 2.4 which explains the approach which will be taken when there is cross over between a SAR and another non-statutory review.

23 June 2022

New chapter Detail
Working with People Living in Poverty This new chapter outlines some of the main issues around living in poverty, including how it affects people with care and support needs and how it can impact on safeguarding adults. It also contains information about practical ways to support people living in poverty.

14 March 2022

New Chapter Detail
Preventing Falls This new chapter contains practical advice on preventing falls.
Amended chapters
The Care Act A link to a video produced by SCIE containing an introduction to the Care Act has been added.
Preventing, Reducing or Delaying Needs In Section 3, Intermediate Care and Reablement, information on the four models of intermediate care has been updated.
Adults who go Missing The Missing Adults Protocol which has been agreed between six Safeguarding Adults Boards in Northumbria and Northumbria Police to ensure a consistent approach whenever a vulnerable adult goes missing, has been updated.
Safeguarding Adult Reviews This chapter was updated to include the revised South Tyneside Safeguarding Adults Review Protocol.
No Recourse to Public Funds This chapter has been reviewed throughout and extensively updated. New sections have been added on: Asylum Seekers and Modern Slavery
Disclosure and Barring A new section 4.2 has been added to provide detail on the Adult First service provided by the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS). Organisations can use adult first to request a check of the DBS adults’ barred list. Depending on the result, a person can be permitted to start work, under supervision, with adults before a DBS certificate has been obtained.

Date of Next Revision

This APPP is usually updated every six months, although there may be more frequent changes made as required. Please ensure you are Registered with Us to receive update notifications.

Search

Type in the word or phrase you are looking for in the ‘Search’ facility and press ‘Enter’. It will bring up a list of all the chapters where it appears. Click on the one you want. The word / phrase will remain highlighted in the chapter.

To make sure the search results more accurately reflect what you are looking for, you can add inverted commas (also known as speech marks) to the word or term you are looking for, for example “safeguarding” or “adult safeguarding”.

If you want to search for specific text within a chapter or a pdf document, you can also press ‘Ctrl’ and ‘f’ together. A box will appear in the top right of your screen. Type in the word / phrase you want to find and press ‘Enter’. The number of times it appears in the chapter will be displayed next to your word. Use the up and down arrows next to it to find all the references.

Register for APPP Update Notifications

We recommend you ‘Register with Us‘. This enables us to notify you that your APPP resource has been updated, which is usually every six months. By submitting this information, you will only receive email notifications from us in relation to APPP updates and your information will not be given to any third parties.

Print

This resource has been designed to be used online. If you print a chapter, for example to take to a meeting, please note it is valid for 72 hours only from the date it was printed. Whilst APPP resources are usually updated every six months, there may be occasions when they are updated urgently as a result of a Safeguarding Adults Review or inspection recommendation, so it is important to be sure that you are using the most recent copy. This is why we recommend that if you have to print a chapter, you no longer refer to it after that time.

Please remember that the resource can be also accessed on smartphones and tablets (see Using the APPP Resource on Smartphones and Tablets).

Copyright

The chapter content in this resource can be accessed, downloaded and printed unchanged, on a temporary basis. Any content printed or downloaded may not be sold, licensed, transferred, copied or reproduced in part or in whole in any manner or format without the prior written permission of Policy Partners Project Ltd.

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